- Romans 12:8-14
- Rom 12:8 (KJV)
Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do
it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that showeth
mercy, with cheerfulness.
Definition: Comfort, Entreat, To call to one, Call near, or Call
Romans 6:6-7 & 11-13 - The Exhorter desires to give precise steps of
action in stimulating a believer to growth.
1 Corinthians 1:10 - The Exhorter takes a person at the point of where
they are and encourages them to grow.
2 Corinthians 7:3 - The Exhorter does not condemn but makes no excuse
for sin either.
Galatians 3:1 - The Exhorter counsels on a personal basis and avoids
Philippians 1:12 - The Exhorter sees tribulation as a method of
Colossians 1:9-12 - The Exhorter desires to see the Christian reach
their maximum spiritual potential.
Colossians 1:28 - The Exhorter sees the full potential of every
1 Thessalonians 2:8-9 - The Exhorter stays with someone until they are
Then Paul lists the gift of Giving and notice he connects the gift with
simplicity. The word “simplicity” carries with it the meaning of
“generosity or purity.” Those who have the true gift of giving do not
give with ulterior motives for gain. They are concerned with getting the
true Gospel out to the world. Their motives for giving are pure and it
doesn’t matter whether they get a tax deductible receipt or not because
they care for the propagation of the Gospel.
Definition: Share or Impart
Scripture: Book of Matthew
Matthew must have had the gift of giving since he penned many principles
of handling money in the book named after him.
TITHING DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE THE GIFT OF GIVING!
5:42 - The Giver has inward joy giving to those who have need.
5:46-47 - The Giver does not expect nor require a pay back.
6:1-4 - The Giver desires to give in secret.
6:19-20 - The Giver has the ability to make wise investments.
6:24 -The Giver views money as a vehicle not a goal.
6:25 - The Giver is satisfied with the basic necessities of life.
7:6 - The Giver is very cautious where they invest their money.
10:8 - The Giver sees the money in their possession as God's and He has
to claim it for His needs.
10:9 - The Giver is frugal.
10:38 - Sacrificial giving is a way of life for the Giver.
13:46 - The Giver has the ability to make wise purchases.
16:26 - The Giver does not have an inward desire to stash away the
Lord's money in
worldly investments. If they do, It is in short term investments for
access and no penalties.
18:8-9 - The Giver may rebuke a cheap Christian.
Then he speaks of the gift of ruling. “Ruling” carries with it the
meaning of “taking the lead.” The ruler is to rule with diligence.
“Diligence” carries with it the meaning of “effort, earnestness, or
zeal.” The ruler is not to be a lazy self-serving individual but is to
be one who is concerned for the organization which God has entrusted
them to lead.
Definition: Preside or Set Over
1 Kings 3:8-9 - The Ruler sees himself as a servant with no
1 Kings 3:23-28 - The Ruler is able to make wise and discerning
1 Kings 4:1-19 - The Ruler has the ability to delegate authority.
1 Kings 5:5 - The Ruler can see the big picture and results of a major
1 Kings 5:6,13 - The Ruler can see what is needed to complete the task
1 Kings 5:8,12 - The Ruler can deal rightly with other leaders.
1 Kings 5:14 - The Ruler has the ability to assign the right people to
the right tasks.
1 Kings 6:38-7:1 - The Ruler has the desire to tackle and accomplish
2 Chronicles 2:9 - The Ruler is a planner and a schedule keeper.
2 Chronicles 7:4-5 - The Ruler identifies himself with his people in a
Proverbs 22:13 - The Ruler abhors excuses by lazy people.
Then Paul introduces the gift of Mercy. The person with the gift of
mercy is one who helps other people and does not do it grudgingly but
with joy in their heart that they are fulfilling God’s plan for their
Definition: To have the desire of relieving the miserable or to have
pity upon by actually relieving them.
Characteristics: Apostle John
Scripture: The Gospel of John
John must have had the gift of mercy as he wrote much about merciful
acts, plus he was the disciple whom Jesus trusted to care for his
earthly mother. It is interesting to note that Jesus had earthly
brothers and sisters yet John was given the task to care for Mary.
3:30 - Mercy puts the needs of others before their own needs.
4:9 - Mercy does not care if the person that needs help is an enemy.
4:14 - Mercy understands the deeper needs of others.
5:6 - Mercy will attach themselves to the poor and helpless, in both
material and spiritual areas.
5:8-9 - Mercy will remain with a person until healing or improvement
6:15 - Mercy tends to shy away from public ministry or life.
6:26 - Mercy may become a mark for their sympathetic virtues.
7:3-4 - Mercy may be misunderstood that they are seeking notoriety.
9:2-3 & 6-7 - Mercy is more concerned about healing than cause.
11:35 - Mercy identifies with the sorrow someone is feeling.
11:36 - Mercy builds deeper friendships than normal.
18:10-11 - Mercy may rebuke people who cause pain.
Rom 12:9 (KJV)
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave
to that which is good.
Paul not exhorts the believers to have love without dissimulation. The
word “dissimulation” carries with it the meaning of “without hypocrisy
or insincerity.” We are to love the brethren without any hypocrisy, in
other words, our love must be without any designs of self-gain.
(Jude 1:16 KJV) These are murmurers,
complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh
great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of
advantage. The unbelievers feign love and
admiration for the purpose of self-gain and the believer is to love with
pure motives. Then Paul goes on to say that we must abhor anything which
is evil. That word “abhor’ means to “detest or denounce” anything which
is evil. Then he uses an interesting word concerning the good. He states
that we are to “cleave” to that which is good. The word “cleave” is
normally used in reference to the marriage relationship where a man is
to cleave to his wife when he leaves his parents. When we become saved
we are to cleave to that which is good and we are to abhor the evil that
we were saved out of. As a man cleaves to his wife, we must cleave to
that which is good and holy. The word “cleave” carries with it the
meaning of “cling to or join oneself to.” We are to join ourselves to
the good and detest those things of evil.
Rom 12:10 (KJV)
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in
honour preferring one another;
Paul here uses a term found only once in the New Testament, it is
“kindly affectioned” which carries with it the meaning of “tenderly
loving or loving dearly.” Since the body of Christ is a body plus it is
a family, he uses the words “brotherly love.” He also tells us that we
are to honor the brethren and put them ahead of us. Preferring carries
with it the meaning of “going before.” It is a very hard thing to do to
seek the betterment of other Christians before ourselves.
(Phil 2:4 KJV) Look not every man on his
own things, but every man also on the things of others.
The Philippians verse teaches us that we are not just to look out for
our own lives but we need to look after the things of others. In other
words, I am to be my brother’s keeper and watch out for things of those
people whom God brings into my life, whether they be of physical or
Rom 12:11 (KJV)
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
The Christian should never be lazy. There is a time to rest but there is
a time to work. (Eccl 9:10 KJV)
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no
work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou
goest. If a Christian holds a secular job,
then they are to the best they can be at that job. The word “fervent”
carries with it the meaning of “to boil or to be impassioned.” The
Christian must have a great zeal in serving the Lord. Our service to the
Lord also includes our job but it does not stop there. We are to be
actively involved in some phase of the ministry since we just read that
God gives spiritual gifts to every Christian and those gifts are not to
remain dormant. (2 Tim 1:6 KJV)
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God,
which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
The words “stir up” carries with it the meaning of “fan into flames.”
The spiritual gift that God gave us is to be used in the service of the
Lord. This is why we are to be very fervent or impassioned in service to
the Lord Jesus Christ. Laziness should never be once named among the
Christians. If the cults can find time to go pound on doors, how much
more can Christians do since we are in the power of the Lord and not our
Rom 12:12 (KJV)
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in
(Rom 8:24 KJV) For we are saved by
hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth
he yet hope for? We are to rejoice in hope. As
Christians we look forward to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The
Bible refers to it as the Blessed Hope.
(Titus 2:13 KJV) Looking for that blessed
hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ; While we are rejoicing in the hope of
the Lord’s return to earth, we will suffer tribulation and while we
suffer tribulation, we are to be patient or enduring in that suffering,
knowing that it will come to an end when the Lord returns. As we
continue in the tribulation of these present days, we are to continue
instant in prayer. The words “continue instant” carries with it the
meaning of “steadfastly continuing.” Our prayer life is vital as we face
an increase of satanic activity in these final days. We pray that God
may guide us into all truth and to give us the wisdom to elude the
clutches of the Devil’s work and workers, who pawn themselves off as
ministers of righteousness. (Prov
22:3 KJV) A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the
simple pass on, and are punished. We pray that
God gives us the spiritual eyes to see the evil so we will not become
Rom 12:13 (KJV)
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Here we are told that we are to help those Saints who have physical
needs. Now this does mean we try to fulfill their wants but we minister
to their needs. If they need food, we buy food. If they need help with
their bills, then we give them money. The Saints of God should be
hospitable. The word “hospitality” in the Greek carries with it the
meaning of a “guest room.” We need to care for the downtrodden Saints of
God as if they were staying in our homes in a guest room. When we have
visitors to our home, we place them in a guest room and then tend to
their needs as long as they are visiting. It is a shame that many
Christians do not see this as a vital ministry. Sometimes we think that
God will only bless us if we send money to missions overseas. This is a
false notion because we meet needs wherever we are and that is what
garners the favor of the Lord. Too many churches and Christians look
beyond the needs of those who are standing right there beside them.
Rom 12:14 (KJV)
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
This is a small verse but is probably the hardest thing to do. When we
are being persecuted, our first reaction may be to fight back but the
Lord is telling us that we need to bless our persecutors.
(Mat 5:44 KJV) But I say unto you, Love
your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
This is because they are really persecuting the Lord and not us. It is
God they hate, not us. (Acts 22:7
KJV) And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul,
Saul, why persecutest thou me? Saul was
persecuting Christians but the Lord told him that he was ultimately
persecuting the Lord through His children’s suffering. As hard as it may
be, we must persevere in persecution and the Lord will deal with these
people who persecute on the last day. There is also a principle here.
The one who is doing the persecuting may be a future child of God and if
we attack them, we may be attacking a predestined brother or sister.